RIMS student passes away
ITANAGAR, May 4: Prity Pangkam, a first year Medical Student of Regional Institute
of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal died at Imphal yesterday evening.
Born on 8August, 1986, she did her schooling from Rama Krishna Mission, Aalo and
had a brilliant academic career.
The mortal remains will be taken to her home at Karko village, Upper Siang District
for the last rites on May 5.
After qualifying the entrance examination two years back, she took admission at RIMS,
however due to illness she had to take a break from her studies for two years.
But determined to fulfill her childhood dream and to serve the people, Prety rejoined
the institution this year. However, on the evening of April 29 last she fell critically
ill. She breathed her last on May 3 last at the ICU of her Institution.
Meanwhile, RIMS with Director L Fimate and all senior professors, officials and medical
students in a condolence meeting today recalled the short association with Prity.
The RIMS family members prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and extended
its condolence to the bereaved family members.
Dept blames rain for collapse of bridge
PASIGHAT, May 4: Reacting to the news item published in this daily on May 4 regarding
collapse of under construction bridge over Dobu river, Pasighat PWD EE Er. Tapi Darang
said it all happened due to natural calamity triggered by incessant and heavy rainfall.
According to Darang, untimely and heavy downpours is the main reason which destroyed
the under construction bridge.
The collapse of the bridge was not due to low quality materials or inefficient technology
as reported but it was due to untimely heavy discharge of the river due to continuous
heavy rainfall in the catchment area during that period. He further clarified that
the bridge is being constructed departmentally to ensure quality and speedy construction.
He said that rain was at its worst this year compared to the last three years.
In his statement Er. Darang stated that the span of the bridge is 80mtr. in two
spans but not 60mtr. as reported and the type of bridge is PSC Grider.
The casting of the girders/beams of the ill fated bridge was completed on April
15 and the first stage of stressing of the cables was fixed on April 30 as per specifications
given in the MOST drawings but unfortunately due to heavy rainfall, the river was
on spate and the scaffoldings/supports of the bridge were washed out and the girders/beams
of the bridge ultimately failed and collapsed on April 23 before the concrete gained
required strength. DIPRO
Free Cataract Eye Operation Camp
PASIGHAT, May 4: The District Blindness Control Society East Siang is organizing
a Free Cataract Eye Operation Camp from May 3rd-5th at the general hospital, Pasighat.
The total expenditure including food, operation, medicine and transportation costs
are being provided by the DBCS. 31 patients have registered their names so far. The
operations conducted so have been successfully under care of Dr. Y.R. Darang, Dr.
B.B. Perme and Dr. D. Pait, the DMO Dr. T. Taloh further added.
After registration on 3rd May, the camp was formally inaugurated today by the DC-cum-Chairman
Earlier, the DDHS Dr. K. Lego informed that M/S Titu Optical, Pasighat Bazar would
donate spectacles to all after the operations. (DIPRO)
Bridge over Sire River
Yingkiong, May 4: Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang District Pawan Kr. Sain, inaugurated
an RRC bridge over Sire River near Simong today which is one of the biggest villages
of Upper Siang. MLA Alo Libang who sanctioned the under MLALAD fund was also present.
The bridge, funded under MLALAD connects the village with community WRC fields.
Earlier there used to be a traditional log bridge which has to be repaired frequently
causing a lot of hardship to the villagers.
It was completed in record time by the RWD under the supervision of Mugling Tayeng
(EE) and Gatling Lipir (AE). (DIPRO )
Orgs, colleagues remember Late Pate Ponglu
ITANAGAR, May 4: Condolences are pouring in for late Pate Ponglu, a contingency staff
of Civil secretariat, who was killed in a tragic road accident on Monday at Itanagar.
The Officers and staff of the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat, Itanagar assembled
today in front of the Under Secretary (SA) Office Premise to condole the sudden
and untimely demise of late Pate Ponglu, Contingency (un- skilled) Peon of AP Civil
The assembled officers and staff expressed their heartfelt condolences on the sudden
and premature death of Ponglu. The meeting observed two minutes silence and prayed
to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat Contingency Employees Association has condoled
his death and requested police to immediately arrest driver of truck which was involved
in the accident.
Arunachal Pradesh Secretariat Employees Association and All Pradesh Worker’s Union
has expressed sadness over death of late Pate Ponglu. Association conveyed their
condolences to the family member of late Ponglu.
Town Baptist Church, Itanagar profoundly mourned the sudden and premature demise.
Youth members will always cherish the wonderful moments shared with him during the
course of his association with the Church, it said in a release.
Funeral service of Late Ponglu was conducted by Rev. Likha Dodum, Pastor Town Baptist
Church, Itanagar at his private residence near Raj Bhawan Power house today. The
last rite was attended by several members of the Church, relatives and well wishers.
Agriculture commodity marketing training held
ROING, May 4: An awareness training programme on agriculture commodity marketing
was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Balek (Roing) which sponsored by a Pune based
private company Mitcon Consultancy Limited at Bolung village on May 1 last.
Milo Tabyo, Programme Assistant (Agri. Engg) while highlighting the storage problem
of fruits and vegetables in rural areas suggested Zero Energy Cooling Chamber. He
informed that this chamber can be made with locally available materials and without
using the electricity, agriculture produces can be stored temporarily for few days.
Participants of the programme expressed their willingness to establish Zero Energy
Cooling Chamber at their farm level for effective marketing of agriculture commodities.
Dr T J Ramesha, Programme Coordinator provided information on prospectus for mushroom
production in the district as well as marketing for the same. He also enriched the
farmers with success story made on the same by progressive farm women hailing from
Resource person, Vivek Gupta, an APMC expert, District Agriculture Office, Roing
highlighted on present marketing scenario and channels for marketing agriculture
commodities in the district as well as strategies to be implemented for effective
promotion of the same in a specific manner. He also enlightened the farmers on role
of APMC and the importance of establishing godown for storage.
A method demonstration on designing and fabrication of seed storage structure for
marketing of farm produce was organized. DIPRO
BADP for government approval
AALO, May 4: In a District Level Screening Committee Meeting of Border Area Development
Project (BADP) held yesterday at DCs Conference Hall, Aalo list of schemes were scrutinized
and approved for recommendation to the Govt.
Earlier, Block-Level Screening Committee chaired by the Deputy Commissioner was held
at Mechuka, Tato and Kaying.
The West Siang DC Shri Amjad Tak, IAS while highlighting the identified schemes said
that all the schemes are need-based and one or two major projects have been included
in each block for visible development.
Talking about two MIC of Kaying Block, he said that it can be considered on rare
cases where it benefited the whole community.
MLA Tamyo Taga, who attended the meeting, agreed that every time MIC/flood Control
Scheme shouldn’t be considered under BADP while adding that BADP of Kaying-Payum
Block was started in 2003 to meet up the certain critical gap which couldn’t be covered
under normal AOP.
Chairperson Zilla Parishad Zarsa Gamlin appealed the executing agencies for judicious
use of fund and expressed the hope that executing agencies would come up with good
‘Federation seeks CM’s intervention’
ITANAGAR, May 4: The Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) has appealed
the Assam Govt to stop the forceful and frequent requisition of commercial vehicles
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Expressing serious concern on frequent requisition of commercial vehicles of Arunachal
plying through the Assam routes by Assam Police including MVI, APMTF demanded immediate
halt on such practice.
Pointing out the reported requisition of four Tata Sumos, which were on way from
Seppa to Itanagar, by Assam Police at Balipara, Sonitpur district on April 18,
the Federation has appealed the state Chief Minister to take up this issue with
his Assam counterpart to get early release of the seized vehicles. It threatened
to call a state-wide bandh in protest against the Assam govt, in case the state Govt
fails to bring in a solution to the problem.
Recalling the assurance reportedly given the Assam DIG during 2005 to stop this
menace, Federation said requisition of Arunachal vehicles, particularly commercial
vehicles is still going on causing untold miseries to the innocent passengers.
Requisitions are being done without paying any hiring charges and telling the drivers
about the time schedule of vehicles’ detention, the Federation claimed and alleged
that vehicles bearing Arunachal registration numbers were being targeted randomly
for checking by the police in the neighbouring state.
Association stick to its proposed dharna
ITANAGAR, May 4: Despite request from the Capital SP Hibu Tamang to cooperate with
police in Dohu Raju murder case, the Palin Area Youth Welfare Association decided
to stage its proposed dharna against home department. Association said that it was
not informed about the arrest of two suspects in the murder case. It also reiterated
demand for immediate arrest of those involved in murder case and constitution of
high-power enquiry committee to investigate the matter.
Itanagar, May 4: Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh would organize a ten days Dance
workshop at Doimukh from May 7. The workshop will be conducted by Moloi Dutta, a
dancer and artist from Assam.
Department conduct senior citizens meet
ITANAGAR, May 4: Directorate of Art and Culture conducted a senior citizen meet to
seek suggestion for preservation, promotion and protection of indigenous cultural
heritage of the state at its office premises today.
On the occasion, many senior citizen of the state put forward their views and suggestion
and appreciated the Director, Art and Culture for his initiative to make the function
of the department more effective by drawing suggestions and views from senior citizen.
Director, Art and Culture Tope Bam assured the senior citizen to conduct more such
meet in future.
Pul inspects road
PASIGHAT: Minister RWD, Tax & Excise and Fishery Kaliko Pul along with the CE Er.
T. Welly, SE Er. T. Tamut and EE Er. T. Taloh inspected several completed and ongoing
road constructions under PMGSY and Bharat Nirman in Pangin-Boleng area on 1st May
The BRTF road to Dosing village (4,51 Km) and Sitang village (3.00 Km) were also
inaugurated by Pul. Deputy Speaker Tapang Taloh who is also the Local MLA, Panchayat
and public leaders, gaon burahs and local residents were present on the inaugural
ceremony, informed Er. Taboh in an official release. (DIPRO)
Jagat and Bapu for ZPM seats
ITANAGAR: BCC President 18 Palin Byabang Jagat and BCC President 4-Dirang Block Tamin
Bapu are the Indian National Congress nominees for ZPM seat for 1-Palin Zilla Segment,
Kurung Kumey District and 2 Thembang Zilla Segment, West Kameng District respectively
for the ensuing Panchayat Bye-Election.
ITANAGAR: The Ceasefire agreement with NSCN-K has been extended for a further period
of one year with effect from 28th April, 2010. This was decided at a meeting of officials
of the Ministry of Home Affairs with the representatives of NSCN-K here yesterday.
Let action speak
The Roing legislator likes to motivate people a lot, but just when the action starts,
he suddenly disappears and ‘Voila’ as sudden a re-emergence when all things have
been sorted. Morale of the story-‘when the going gets tough, expect him to disappear’.
Tell you a tale of Intelligence that puts CBI, RAW, IB, Phone tapping etc. back to
classroom. I once requested a good acquaintance to allot work to a certain person,
so this nice Executive issue out a work order but suddenly finds himself in a peculiar
position at the legislator’s residence after info reaches his doorstep.
After subjective grilling pinched with good cop, bad cop drama by the legislator,
the official is suggested to cancel the work, but upon response that he is unable
to do so as the person has already been taken into confidence and it would be inappropriate.
That’s when the “psychological warfare” takes a turn for the peculiar and a hilarious
new strategy is born.
The official is told to send the person to his residence wherein he shall let the
person know that he is the angel behind the generous act. Good thinking. But this
honestly actually happened in three separate occurrences and believe it or not, all
in the same routine. I suggest he finds a new strategy.
One may deem this as a personal attack, but so was the work for those people and
so is my hope for a better leadership personal. So go on in your self publicized
ultimatum, but let your actions do the speaking and you have my best wishes guaranteed.
Mutchu Mithi, (on email)
Restore power supply
Frequent power failure in D-Sector, Itanagar makes the life of the residents miserable.
Earlier, authorities used to pre-inform the residents about the power cut so that
people can cope with the situation. But for the last four months power failure or
erratic power supply without pre-information has made the situation worse. The most
sufferers are students who are appearing or preparing for examinations, new born
babies, old people and sick.
Complaints were lodged several times but nothing has been done so far. The staff
of the department concerned comes out with lame excuse like load shedding, transformer
problem. Now I would like to know, how many months the department will take to repair
the transformer or improve power supply to D-Sector?
I once again request the authorities to look into the matter seriously and do the
‘Inefficient match officials, committee led to ouster of East Kameng team’
It has been observed that inefficient and partial committee members are managing
the IXth Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament, who cannot take right
decision at the right time.
Let me justify my view points by elaborating the tussle that happened during Quarterfinal
match between East Kameng and Kurung Kumey on May 1. The mishandling of referee is
no doubt, highly criticized and those involved should have been arrested, but Referee
must also ensures that there is precision in their judgment. The behavior and wrong
judgment of line referee were worth condemning and such partial referee should never
Secondly, since both the teams were in same pool during league round, there is no
question of meeting each other again in the next round. This is absolute and absurd
match fixing by committee.
The rematch was scheduled the very next day stating various timing scheduled i.e
7.30 am, 11.30 am , 2 pm. The East Kameng Team reached the ground at right time,
followed all rules demanded by the committee including suspension of players and
waited for opponent team to arrive. But they didn’t turn up on time. Based on football
rules, East Kameng Team should have been given walk over. Even the written applications
were submitted in this regard. Despite that, inefficient committee members failed
to take right decision. Instead Kurung Kumey team was given free entry into semifinals.
This would be world’s most injustice done by any committee managing state level football
Since this is a state level football tournament being sponsored by government, the
department concerned should handle it with proper security forces or there should
be committee consisting of members from every district.
This signifies why teams from Bomdila, Tawang, Tezu, Along, Tirap, Upper Siang did
not participate. If partiality is to continue, let just few teams play the biggest
tournament in the state.
No one become great by winning 2 lakh rupees, but what remains is good human behavior.
Secretary, Karadadii Club, Naharlagun,
Who fixes the price?
Through your paper I would like to request the authority of the Capital Complex,
Itanagar to clarify who is the authority to fix the price of the items that are being
sold in the market ?
Though the authority & market committee of the capital complex, Itanagar has fixed
the price but the shopkeepers and vegetable vendors are not following the fixed price.
The prices particularly that of meat including beef and vegetable are not being
followed at all.
If the DC and Elected leaders of the Market committee are the authority than they
have to accept that they are incapable to implement the price.
If the authority to fix price list are the shopkeepers, then it’s not new for common
public of capital complex.
Pollo Nani (on email)
I like the way your paper is serving the State, but there is certain weakness. You
do not cover entire Arunachal Pradesh. This may be, as per my view, that you do not
have enough correspondents to cover the events of the State.
Milo Tagia, (on email)
Stipend is due already
It has been nearly two months; we have been expecting our stipend. Till last year
we used to get it by the last week of March. It is May already and we have not heard
any kind of information regarding it. When contacted with the institutional authority,
they asked us to contact with the concerned authority. Therefore I would like to
request the concerned authority to please look into the matter.
Angun Lego (On email)
Dabi confess government’s failure in solving the vexed Chakma issue
24 hours bandh in Miao Subdivision
Pinna Kitnal Muklom
Miao, May 4 : The Home Minister confessed that the state government was wrong on
its part for not having taken any action against the Chakma refugee issue earlier.
However, Dabi said that it is not too late to correct or undo the wrongs, provided
the local leaders and its people are with the government in finding a permanent solution
to this vexed issue.
He said this at a public meeting organized at the circuit house today. Dabi was to
physically inspect Mpen, the much troubled area where the Chakma refugees not only
have encroached on the land of the local Singphos but also have attacked the indigenous
land owners. The inclement weather however made it impossible for the minister to
visit the site.
The need of the hour is for the government to find out as to how many Chakma refugee
families were allowed into the state during the NEFA days and how much of land was
allotted before taking any action, he added.
The Home Minister further said that the Chakma refugees must not take the sympathy
of the state government and its people for granted. When the government has given
them shelter, they must behave and not confront on social, cultural, political or
economical aspects, Dabi said.
The present state government is sincere and committed in its stand and will make
concrete policy to deal with the refugee problem, he said.
He further urged for the constant support of the people to the state government to
bring about a permanent solution to the issue.
The Singpho land owners submitted a memorandum to the home minister urging for protection
of life and property from the Chakma refugees who have forcefully encroached on their
lands. They further demanded creation of police outpost at Mpen.
They further informed Dabi how the refugees attacked the Singpho community with lethal
weapons last month after the administration forced them from encroached land at Mpen.
Meanwhile, the 24 hours bandh in Miao Sub-division given by All Tai-Khampti Singpho
Students Union of Arunachal Pradesh (ATKSSU) which had the support of All Changlang
Students Union was total. There was no vehicular movement, all shops were closed
and offices had thin attendance. ATKSSU demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits
of the April 9 incident at Mpen and punishment as per law.
The public meeting was attended by local MLA Kamlong Mossang, Commissioner Home
A. B. Shukla, DIG East Tashi Lama, Changlang Deputy Commissioner Dr. Deepak Kumar,
SP in Charge Changlang, ADC Miao T Mara, government officials, public leaders, GBs,
and the public.
NER Vision-2020 on the roll
Itanagar, May 4:The Minister of Mines and Minister of Development of North Eastern
Region B.K. Handique has said that the process to develop mechanism for realizing
the aims, objectives and goals enunciated in the North Eastern Region Vision 2020
has already been initiated.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha yesterday he said, the Government would appreciate
and welcome the efforts and advice from the civil society or any other organization
for the implementation of the Vision 2020 Document.
For NER Vision 2020, he further informed that, 17 Thematic Groups were constituted,
headed by the senior officials of the line Ministries comprising representatives
of the State Governments of the North Eastern States and eminent experts in various
sectors. These Thematic Working Groups prepared sectoral Action Plans which were
presented before the public representatives and media of the North East in Shillong
in 2009. The action plans of these Thematic Groups will be finalized in consultation
with the concerned Ministries and ‘in principle’ approval of the Planning Commission
will be taken for funding the same. Thereafter, these Action Plans will be implemented
by the concerned Central Ministries from their gross budgetary allocations.
Tea planters body encourage Durpai villagers to take up tea plantation
ITANAGAR, May 4: The Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tea Planters and Small Growers
Association (APITPSGA) has conducted a field study at Durpai village along Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh boundary area under Likabali ADC Sub-Division, West Siang
District to find out feasibility of tea cultivation in the area.
The association found that like other border areas of the state, Durpai village has
huge potential of growing quality tea. But the people here are reluctant to take
up any self-ventured economic activities due to insecurity syndrome caused by the
boundary row, the Association members observed. There is no electricity connection
in the village, they said. The survey was conducted under the directives of the Ministry
of Trade and Commerce, an Association release said.
Meanwhile, the members helped the villagers to form a self-help group in a meeting
to avail the benefit under Tea Board of India. Association president Tadak Gab, general
secretary Sompha Wangsa, vice president Nabam Nikia called upon the villagers to
work hard and undertake tea cultivation to improve rural economy and reduce dependency
syndrome to Govt.
Tea can be grown under the scheme of Village Forest Management, they said. However,
soil test is a must before tea plantation, the Association added.
The members felt that tea cultivation can be carried out in certain jhum land after
harvesting jhum crops.
Sompha Wangsa also highlighted the activities of the Association. Nikia urged the
villagers to change their mindset and take up tea cultivation for self sufficiency.
Govt is always there to find out solution to boundary problem, Nikia said, adding
it should not affect economic activities in boundary area.
VC arrested and released on bail
ITANAGAR, May 4: Acting on a complaint filed by Dr Sarah Hilaly, Associate Professor
in the Department of History with the Itanagar Police over three weeks ago, Prof.
K.C.Belliappa the Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University was arrested this afternoon.
He was later released on bail. The FIR was filed for having being sent an abusive
email by Prof Belliapppa. He had sent this abusive Email in reply to a Spam mail
sent to him from the hacked Email address of Sarah Hilaly.
The police is expected to file a chargesheet soon in the court against Prof Belliappa.
It may be mentioned that this could be the first such incident of cybercrime cracked
by Arunachal Police, where the accused has been arrested.
The Rajiv Gandhi University Women and Children Welfare Association questioned why
the VC was released within an hour of his arrest and urged upon the police and magistrate
authority to re-arrest him immediately. It said if the VC is not arrested again,
the association will be compelled to go for further action until the demand is fulfilled.
The student leaders submitted a five point memorandum to the minister which includes
immediate restoration of peace in the affected area and demarcation of the land of
the Chakma refugees at the earliest. The union further demanded that Chakmas be brought
under the Inner Line Regulation Act. The RGUSU reacted to the early release of the
VC while adding that state govt. should ask themselves weather tainted VC should
remain in his position. It further has reacted to the withdrawal of the appointment
of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and termed it as an act of nepotism and favoritism.
Doimukh Citizen Right’s Forum has expressed anguish over events unfolding at Rajiv
Gandhi University (RGU) in recent days. In this regard a meeting was held wherein
Panchayat leaders, GB’s, student organizations and public leaders participated.
Everybody present in the meeting appealed to the state government to amicably solve
all the issues disturbing peaceful atmosphere of University. As universities are
established for welfare of students, the demands of RGU student should be looked
into by authorities, the Forum demanded.
Former Minister T C Teli urged the state Governor to intervene and take up the on-going
impasse in Rajiv Gandhi University with Central Govt for immediate removal of the
RGU VC for safety and security of august institute.
Teli, a senior citizen of Doimukh, in a letter to Governor said, ‘university is the
asset of the state Govt and Prof K C Belliappa have no right to play politics with
the academic career of thousands of students of the state’. He suggested that NERIST
director Dr Joram Begi may be given temporary charge of the university to bring back
the normalcy in RGU.
Taking strong exception of the chaos and unprecedented development in the campus
of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) following ‘various allegations and public outcry
against the Vice Chancellor for his alleged highhandedness, autocratic behavior,
hatred and divisive politics within the University Campus’, All Papum Pare District
Students’ Union (APPDSU) called for immediate resignation of the Vice Chancellor.
The union said, it is the only possible option to bring normalcy back in the campus.
Urging Prof K.C. Belliappa to make an honorable exit for himself from the post of
Vice chancellorship at the earliest from the campus, the union, said, it shall be
compelled to take the issue to the broader forum with the like-minded students’ organizations,
particularly AAPSU in case of failure of the VC to do so.
At the same time, the Union appealed State Government and the Governor being the
reactor of the University to bring into the notice of Union HRD Ministry on on-going
impasse and immediate ouster of the Vice Chancellor from RGU.
Regarding VC’s decision to leave the campus and function from Delhi, the union said
that the decision to run the university from national Capital does not sound reasonable
The APPDSU also requested the public and politicians not to politicize the issue
as it is extremely making huge damage to peaceful academic atmosphere of the institution.
Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament
Papum Pare down Kurung Kumey 3-2, reach final
ITANAGAR, May 4: Papum Pare survived a late surge to pull out a thrilling 3-2 win
over Kurung Kumey in a packed Rajiv Gandhi Stadium today and entered the final of
the 9th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament.
Papum Pare shot into lead just before the breather through their dependable striker
Taba Rakesh. He netted the ball after receiving a fine cross from the left side 44th
minutes of the first half (1-0).
The second half saw Papum Pare Captain Techi Takar scoring two goals in 50th and
77th minutes to further the lead to 3-0. Takar scored his first goal through a free
kick taken from just out side the ‘D’ box which curled in nicely to fly past the
With Kurung Kumey trailing 0-3 goals with 13 minutes remaining, indomitable Kurung
Kumey suddenly increased the pace of attack at rivals citadel. And, as a result of
which, they found the net in 88th minute through Takam Tayam (1-3). Being encouraged
by the goal, stubborn Kurung Kumey with never die attitude silenced the cheering
Papum Pare supporters by scoring another goal again by Tayam in injury time (93 min)
through penalty kick to reduce the margin further (2-3). But it was too late for
the team as the referee, by then, blown the final hooter declaring end of the match.
Papum Pare will meet the winner of tomorrow’s second semifinal to be played between
Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri in the summit clash.
Kurung Kumey was given walk-over following withdrawal of their quarterfinal opponent
East Kameng. The match played between the two teams on May one had to be stopped
in the dyeing moment following crowd violence.
Meanwhile, East Kameng District Sports Officer Karbia Dodum, on behalf of the East
Kameng team and soccer loving public apologized to all, including the organizing
committee and Tadar family, for the May one incident.
Describing it as unfortunate, where some of the East Kameng players were also reportedly
involved in manhandling match officials and members of the organizing committee,
he said that the team was withdrawn from the tournament for the remaining matches
voluntarily abiding by the rules and regulations of the tournament and also to uphold
the spirit of the game.
People of Pasighat want solution to real problems
ITANAGAR, May 4: One of the oldest towns of Arunachal, Pasighat may never remain
same with a big dam being proposed over river Siang just few kilometers away at Pongging
village. Though this town will not be directly affected, but there are enough indication
that landscape of Pasighat will change for sure in the coming years.
Situated along the majestic Siang River, Pasighat is the place where the Britishers
first discovered Arunachal. Also this is the area where first rebellion against British
took place when Matmur Jamoh, a simple villager killed then political officer Noel
Williamson at Komsing village near Pasighat which lead to Anglo-Abor war. The visionary
leader of Arunachal, Late Daying Ering also belonged to this town.
In recent days, Pasighat town has become the rallying point of people opposing construction
of dam over river Siang. Recently three days NE consultations on construction of
large dams in North East area were held at Pasighat. Various NGO’s and people affected
by construction of dams from across NE participated in the meet. But quite surprisingly
not many from Pasighat town, especially residents of Lower Siang area which is going
to be affected by the construction of dam did not turned up. It was tough to understand
what deter them from attending this meet.
Though they evade expressing their opinion publicly, deep down most citizens whom
this reporter spoke oppose to the idea of constructing dam over Siang. A government
officer who is resident of Pasighat town on condition of anonymity said, “See, most
of the residents like me don’t want coming up of such a huge dam in our area. But
being government servant I can’t oppose their policies. My heart goes out to all
the affected people who are fighting for their right.”
Ojing Tasing, who is leading anti-dam movement in Pasighat says that some people
have branded him as villain for opposing construction of dam over Siang. “Many citizens
complain that am misleading the youths of our area by organizing anti-dam activities.
But I am only trying to educate people about their rights and consequences they have
to face if dam is being built in Siang,” told Ojing.
He further added, “If this dam is constructed, it will submerge the place where Anglo-Abor
war took place. We need to safeguard these places of historical importance.”
When this dam project starts naturally many migrant workers will pour into this town.
I guess within next 5 years we will become minority in our own place of birth,” said
one local resident. Many residents want government to tackle real problems like poor
electricity supply and also resolve border issue with Assam, which is the need of
hour instead of concentrating on dam. Though there may be divided opinions over dam
issues, every citizens of East Siang district understand the fact that Pasighat town
and its adjoining areas will witness immense changes in years to come. “Already in
Pasighat town migrant workers outnumbered local tribal population.
In the coming days it would be interesting to watch how this dam issue unfolds in
Pasighat area. After Dibang, anti-dam movement over river Siang is drawing attention
of whole state.
As it involves the danger of loosing originality of Siang belt area specially the
threat to topography of Pasighat, fellow Arunachalee will keep an eye on event unfolding
in this historical town.